Approved: 02.03.2012

Velvet Zoe Ramos

Artist

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Approved: 02.03.2012

My artistic expression evolves around imagination, memory and how we understand the suffering of others. These topics always immerse as a narrative infused with current social and political issues. I am trying to present tragedy and hope without exploitation and idealisation. Both conditions inform my objective barriers to jumpstart an emotional and intellectual engagement as well as enforcing my own

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  • Location: Oranjestad
  • Activities: Public art
  • Tags: Spoons memory narrative humanitarian relational aesthetics cooking sprouting suffering growth staging
 

Biography

My artistic expression evolves around imagination, memory and how we understand the suffering of others. These topics always immerse as a narrative infused with current social and political issues. I am trying to present tragedy and hope without exploitation and idealisation. Both conditions inform my objective barriers to jumpstart an emotional and intellectual engagement as well as enforcing my own artistic reference. Many of my installations have a performative aspect were I become the narrator and set-up a visual stage. The scenarios often present the daily survival in poor stricken countries, a region affected by humanitarian crisis, or particular social issues in the first world. Audiences become either onlookers or participants. Their action or non-action refers to the human condition of the witness and the bystander. Further to this my artistic practice is strongly influenced by relational aesthetics. I deliberately utilise objects from a domestic environment to create a casual and homely feeling. The Feast is an appropriate work were I used numerous cooking bowls, plates and spoons. With my performances or installations I am trying to express the responsibility we have towards the other. Staging an event replaces the image and questions its purpose. My visual stage-set subverts the missing image and draws attention to suffering leaving participants with no option but to acknowledge the truth.

CV & Education

Public realm 2012 - Artist raises money for Darfur, The CAFOD BLOG, http://blog.cafod.org.uk/2012/03/01/artist-raises-money-for-darfur/ Qualifications and training 2011 - BA Honours in Fine Arts, Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, Byam Shaw Archway Site, 2 Elthorne Road London Group exhibitions 2011 - Space for Change, the Parlour Gallery Project Space, Kentish Town: ‘The Fest A Banquet of Crude Empathy’, Space for Change, Kentish Town Degree shows 2011 - ‘The Feast: A Banquet of Crude Empathy’, Central Saint Martins: BA Fine Art Degree Show, Concourse Gallery Byam Shaw School of Art, CSM, London 2010 - FdA Fine Art Skills & Practices Degree Show, title of work: ‘Dehydrated Grounds and Mud Cookies’ (Merit), Byam Shaw School of Art, CSM, London Live/Performance 2012 - The Feast: a banquet of crude empathy, 1 Seawall, Harbour, Whistable, Kent, England., whitstable Site specific 2011 - Site specific exhibition, selected artists, title of work: ‘Cultivate’, Re:kindle Public Arts, Queens Wood, London